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Malaysia Court Upholds 'Seksualiti Merdeka' Ban
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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 02:58

Following on the last update, Malaysia's courts, unfortunately, did not think the LGBT rights festival ban was up for debate.


Yahoo! News: AG objects to 'Seksualiti Merdeka' ban review

The Attorney-General’s Chambers today objected to the judicial review application filed by the organisers of Seksualiti Merdeka on the police ban of its programmes last November.

This comes after the matter came up at the Kuala Lumpur High Court (Appellate and Special Powers Division), before judge Rohana Yusuf.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2012 02:36
Quick Roundup: News on Gay Marriage in the US
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Saturday, 11 February 2012 04:14

In the past week, the state of gay marriage in the US wavered again. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California's Proposition 8 (upheld in 2008) was unconstitutional. Then one day later, Washington voted to approve gay marriage, and the bill will be signed into law very soon. That will hardly be the end of the matter, and the US will certainly witness more back and forth in the days to come, but it could be a step in the right direction.

On Proposition 8, the burning question is whether the case will be brought all the way up to the Supreme Court. The Huffington Post, in its The Top Ten Questions on the Next Steps article, claims that "many legal experts" say "the Court is less likely to take the case". For a more provocative read, The Slate attempts to unmask some of the politics between the DOMA lobby (that's "Defense of  Marriage Act") and the anti-Proposition 8 group in A Losing Proposition: Why gay-rights leaders don’t want their big Prop 8 victory to go to the Supreme Court.The more technically inclined might want to read up on a legal analysis of the case that points out how groundbreaking the ruling is.

Malaysian Activists' Response to the Seksualiti Merdeka Ban
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 01:54

Following the press statement released by the organisers of Seksualiti Merdeka we posted about, Malaysian activists have brought the case to court. We will have to wait till the Feb 21 hearing to find out how it goes, though.


A short snippet:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Activists launched a rare legal case Tuesday aimed at fostering gay rights in Malaysia by challenging a police ban on an anti-homophobia arts festival.

The case highlights complaints about discrimination against gays at a time when international rights groups are urging authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia to abolish laws criminalizing same-sex relations.

The acquittal this week of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on charges of sodomizing a male former aide prompted Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to criticize the Malaysian government for insisting on laws that make sodomy punishable by 20-year prison sentences.


Find the full article at Yahoo! News.

Landmark Report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Discrimination and Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
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Written by sayoni   
Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:43




On December 15, a quietly momentous report was issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, titled "Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity".

The report not only documents laws, practices and violence against people for reasons of sexual orientation and gender identity, it also correlates international human rights law to these happenings, pointing out rights violations, and provides recommendations that member states can take to redress these violations.

You can read the report in various languages such as English, French and Chinese (opens PDF).

Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2012 13:46
Hillary Clinton Pledges Support for Global LGBT Rights
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Wednesday, 07 December 2011 23:47

This is the video and transcript of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech on LGBT rights for Human Rights Day. The Obama Administration is calling for protection of LGBT rights worldwide, including combating violence and abuse, and has committed US$3 million to support international civil rights organisations.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:14
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